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Ukrainian refugees’ futures depend on length of conflict, media portrayals

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KCRW, March 2022

One million people have left Ukraine since Russia began its invasion a little more than a week ago, according to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. Refugees are flooding Ukranian border towns, where they face days-long waits to cross into neighboring countries. Because of martial law, men of fighting age must stay behind, so mainly women and children are fleeing.

“They’re waiting in very long lines to cross the border with very few possessions, and with just a profound sense of uncertainty about what’s going to happen to them once they cross the border,” says Serena Parekh, professor of philosophy and the director of the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Program at Boston’s Northeastern University. She’s also author of “No Refuge: Ethics and the Global Refugee Crisis

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